Forrest Meredith Tucker was an American actor in both movies and television who appeared in nearly a hundred films. Tucker worked as a vaudeville straight man at the age of only fifteen years old. A mentor provided funds and contacts for a trip to California, where party hostess Cobina Wright persuaded guest Wesley Ruggles to give Tucker a screen test, based on his photogenic good looks, thick wavy hair and height of six feet, five inches. Tucker was a sight reader who needed only one take and his film career started well despite a perception in most Hollywood studios that blond men were not photogenic. He enlisted during WW2. After twenty years spent mainly in Westerns and action roles, he returned to his roots, showing versatility as a comedic and stage musical actor. In the television series F Troop, he became identified with the character of Cavalry Sgt. Morgan O'Rourke. Tucker struggled with a drinking problem that began to affect his performances in the later years of his career.
|Born:||Forrest Meredith Tucker, February 12, 1919, Plainfield, Indiana, U.S.|
|Died:||October 25, 1986, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Resting place:||Forest Lawn Memorial Park|
|IMDb:||Forrest Tucker's IMDb|
About Forrest Tucker
Played the role of Sergeant O'Rourke in the classic television series, F Troop.
He began performing at age 14, moonlighting as a singer at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair after working the fair by day.
His first role came in the 1940 Gary Cooper-led 'The Westerner,' and he appeared in nearly a hundred Western and action films after.
His father was a baseball player in the minor leagues, and hoped he would take after him, but he followed in his mother's footsteps instead as a one-time singer.
Information related to Forrest Tucker
- Male actors from Indiana
- Burials at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)